broken finger review #3:
first of all, people, i wanted to call this the ‘one-handed review series,’ as i’m typing entirely with one hand (at one point, my prior rate was over 100 words a minute, so maybe you can feel my pain), but i know you people and that is just asking for trouble.
that said, this is david weber’s first entry into a series about
captain picard honor harrington, a kick-ass woman in the royal navy that has the ice-queen routine down pat. except for her empathetic cat–i said, stop it. she doesn’t think she’s beautiful, being so tall and strong from a high-grav planet, but pretty much everyone else admires the almond eyes and short brown curly hair and sees a regal ice goddess. thank goodness–i just hate vain heroines, amirite? we know she’s stunning, especially when she’s being all authoratative, because lots of other people tell us so (hello, male gaze. literally).
she’s just been made captain of some class of spaceship or another, although a bureaucrat has made disturbing weapons modifications that seem to cripple their offense. the first mate is envious. they kick ass in a war maneuver and are promptly demoted to a forgotten corner of the realm, assigned to be TSA and Customs. the current commander there hates her because (view spoiler), so he bales back home on a flimsy pretext and leaves her with the mess. harrington and elderly Dame Kick-Ass decide it is time for order, so harrington starts enforcing rules and pissing off every smuggler in the galaxy.
so. plotting fairly predictable. pace had potential but was interrupted by long info-dumps about weapons, cruisers, military strategy, and a whole bunch of stuff about physics that i skimmed over, because vicodin brain don’t care (just like honey badger)
acceptable but ethnocentric world-building of weird non-bipedal aliens (savages, the lot). really didn’t move discussion of political protectorates beyond surface level.
i liked the building of camaraderie, because everybody loves star trek when the team comes together (i believe she actually had a ‘make it so’ line). the ending… i feel was a problem. character–kind of fun, but generic. weber jumps into various character heads at times for more thinkingness and to create tension not achieved by info-dumps.
so, how do you rate a book like this? i enjoyed the sections i read, but brain mostly turned off and i skimmed a lot. call it a 2.25.